Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tsukimi (Moon Viewing) | LLP

Tsukimi (月見) or Otsukimi, the custom of honoring the autumn moon, has had a long history in Japan. Meaning “moon viewing”, it is the autumn counterpart of hanami (cherry blossom viewing) which is conversely observed during spring. Originating as a religious observance of farmers praying for a plentiful harvest, today the season of tsukimi is a mid-autumn festival held in appreciation of the harvest moon involving moon viewing parties where revellers gather outside in celebration to witness the full moon.

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